Looking for a gift? How about a book!

If you’re looking to give a book as a gift for your favorite child, tween or teen this holiday season, here are a few suggestions.  All of the titles listed were new in 2011, and should be readily available at any bookstore.

If you really want to make a book gift special, try giving a title you loved as a child.  (Remember, it may not still be in print, so some extra searching may be required.)  Or maybe pair up a gift book with something more concrete…for example, if you’re giving a book about manatees, how about a stuffed manatee, a mug with a manatee on it,  or even a ticket to the Aquarium?  There are so many things you could do!

Good luck, and on with the suggestions!

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Great 2011 Books for Holiday Gifts:

Picture Books:

Burkert, Nancy.  Mouse & Lion

Carle, Eric.  The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse

Fisher, Valarie.  Everything I Need to Know Before I’m Five

Freedman, Deborah.  Blue Chicken

Jeffers, Oliver.  Stuck

Judge, Lita.  Red Sled

Juster, Norman.  Neville

Klassen, Jon.  I Want My Hat Back

Lichtenheld, Tom.  Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

Nolan, Dennis.  Sea of Dreams

Rocco, John.  Blackout

Smith, Lane.  Grandpa Green

Tullet, Harve.  Press Here


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Juvenile Fiction:

Booram, Ellen.  Small Persons with Wings

Broach, Elise.  Missing on Superstition Mountain

George, Jessica Day.  Tuesdays at the Castle

Hannigan, Katherine.  True… (Sort of)

Mason, Simon.  Moon Pie

McLaughlin, Patricia.  Waiting for the Magic

Moriarity, Chris.  The Inquisitor’s Apprentice

Schmidt, Gary.  Okay for Now

Selznick, Brian.  Wonderstruck

Urban, Linda.  Hound Dog True

Ursu, Anne.  Breadcrumbs

Valente, Catherynne.  The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her own Making

Weeks, Sarah.  Pie

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Teen Fiction:

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick : Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales illustrations by Chris Van Allsburgh

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Chime by Franny Billingsley

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Withering Tights by Louise Rennison

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Life:  An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet

The Outcasts (Brotherband Chronicles) by John Flanagan

The Always War by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Inheritance by Chris Paolini (The conclusion to the series Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr is finally here!)

The Death Cure by James Dashner
(1:  The Maze Runner  2:  The Scorch Trials 3:  The Death Cure)

Matched (Book 1) & Crossed (Book 2) by Ally Condie

Americapedia: Taking the Dumb Out of Freedom by Jodi Lynn Anderson

F in Exams:  The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers by Richard Benson

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Poetry and Non-Fiction:

Aronson, Marc.  Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert

Chin, Jason.  Coral Reefs

Daniel, Noel.  Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

Fleming, Candice.  Amelia Lost

Jenkins, Martin.  Can We Save the Tiger?

Lourie, Peter. The Manatee Scientists

McDonnell, Patrick.  Me…Jane. 

Sidman, Joyce. Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature

Silverstein, Shel.  Every Thing On It

Sweet, Melissa.  Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade

Young, Ed.  The House Baba Built: An Artist’s Childhood in China

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These books are all great reads too, so come in and check them out at the Library!  If you’re looking for more suggestions for gift-giving, please visit the library and ask one of our librarians for assistance.

::Kelly::

One thought on “Looking for a gift? How about a book!

  1. My favorite teen book of 2011:
    The Cardturner by Louis Sacher

    Engaging, cleverly written book that made me want to learn how to play bridge.

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